A List of Drought Tolerant Herb Plants

    Drought is a common issue for many areas, especially throughout the summer months. For those who live in exceptionally dry areas, it can be even worse all through the year. As such, if you enjoy the taste of fresh herbs, it would be very beneficial to grow your own drought tolerant herb plants. There are a number of different options, and below are a few common ones you probably already enjoy.


    Bay is a unique herb plant in that it is actually a tree, however it may be potted and pruned to live as a house plant or an accent plant on a deck. Either way, it is important that you give this herb a good amount of space so that it can receive adequate air circulation. Bay leaves are a great ingredient to add to any soup or stew.


    Thyme is a very versatile herb that can be used different ways. There are a few different types of thyme that are used for cooking, such as English and lemon thyme. There are also other types of thyme, including lemon carpet thyme that is used more so for decoration; these herbs can be seen peaking from under walking stones and release the delicate scent of thyme when stepped on. Both uses of the herb offer a very enjoyable experience.


    Lavender is a beautiful herb known for its variety. Provence lavender particularly is known for being drought and deer resistant. These colorful blossoms offer an enjoyable experience all around, from sight, to smell and to taste.


    Oregano is a common staple amongst herb plants. There easy maintenance and culinary uses make it a favorite amongst individuals looking to grow and harvest their own herbs. These plants can reach up to thirty inches tall, however it is best to harvest them before they bloom and to keep them at a height of eight to twelve inches by constantly harvesting them.


    Rosemary is a resilient herb as well as a favorite cooking herb for many individuals. This herb may be placed in different areas of a garden, or it may be potted for growth indoors, adding to its lasting abilities. Rosemary grows best in somewhat dry soil, however it is imperative that the soil is not completely dry.


    Fennel is another staple herb for a cook’s arsenal. Not only are these plants drought resistant, but they are also known to attract butterflies, another beautiful element to add to your budding garden. These herbs grow up to six feet tall, so you will want to keep them in the back of your garden. You will also want to harvest their seeds before they fall to prevent over-saturation in the following season.


    Sage is easy to grow from a seed, but can be cut from an outdoor plant to pot indoors. This beautiful herb comes in a variety of colors, making it a great addition to any garden or house. Either way, you will want to make sure that it receives plenty of sunlight, as it thrives best with great sun exposure.

    Whether you live in an area, like California, that is commonly plagued with drought or you experience high levels of heat a few months each year, having a stock of drought tolerant plants can prove to be very beneficial. Not only can it add to your cooking enjoyment, but these plants can also enhance the vibrant colors and scents of your home and garden. Consider the aforementioned herb plant options and be sure to do your own research, through a local expert, or by contacting us.

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